Nov. 2, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 44



Volunteers sought for landmark Type 2 diabetes study

"Look AHEAD: Action for Health in Diabetes," the first long-term study to explore the effects of weight loss on Type 2 diabetes, is launching at study sites nationwide including the Health Science Center.

Study investigators are recruiting volunteers who are between 45 and 75 years of age, have Type 2 diabetes, and are overweight or obese. Participants will be followed for up to 11 1/2 years and will be paid about $100 per year.

Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, largely due to the number of Americans who are overweight or obese. Today, 80 percent of Type 2 diabetics are overweight or obese. In addition, Type 2 diabetes is associated with a twofold to fourfold risk of coronary artery disease. And heart attacks and strokes are leading causes of death in people with Type 2 diabetes.

The Health Science Center is one of 16 clinical sites. About 5,000 volunteers will be recruited throughout the United States. Funding is from the NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases. Other sponsors are the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the National Institute of Nursing Research; the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities; the Office of Research on Women's Health; and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The San Antonio site for the Look AHEAD Study is located at the Ashford Oaks Building, 8122 Datapoint Drive, Suite 818. For more information, call ext. 7-4799.